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by Reg Clucas
Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)
Replies: 95
Views: 16801

Re: Grading timetable (June/July 2013)

It may also be worth pointing out that for any games played after the cut-off date but before publication of the new grades, the new grades will be used for the grading calculation when such games come to be graded 6 months later. e.g. games played during July 2013 will be graded using July 2013 gra...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chessboard Magic
Replies: 36
Views: 3133

Re: Chessboard Magic

Geoff Chandler wrote: And now, as if by magic, I will now make the diagrams move.
The magic isn't working, Geoff - I've been staring at that diagram for the last 10 minutes and the damn thing still hasn't moved! :wink:
by Reg Clucas
Thu May 16, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shorter
Replies: 23
Views: 1897

Re: Shorter

The modern desire for instant gratification.

Plus what everyone else has said.
by Reg Clucas
Thu May 09, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Do members on here have chess coaching
Replies: 43
Views: 3583

Re: Do members on here have chess coaching

Do others find a significant difference in playing strength in evening leagues v's weekend congresses, 4NCL? My evening results have improved this season, due mainly I think to having a nap in the afternoon when I have a match in the evening. Not a luxury you can afford if you're at work though, I ...
by Reg Clucas
Mon May 06, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: KBN versus K
Replies: 57
Views: 4855

Re: KBN versus K

The women's World Champion Anna Ushenina today failed to win this ending against Olga Girya at the FIDE Grand Prix in Geneva.
by Reg Clucas
Sat May 04, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Another Membership Success
Replies: 74
Views: 7814

Re: Another Membership Success

I was actually always relatively glad that this wasn't graded because I can't take chess at all seriously over the summer :) This highlights another aspect quite unrelated to game fee/membership matters. There may be people who are not keen on having their games graded when played under the time li...
by Reg Clucas
Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Trafford Park Congress Cancelled.
Replies: 19
Views: 2176

Re: Trafford Park Congress Cancelled.

Andrew Bak wrote:
However the thing that most put me off entering these tourneys was having to play three games on Saturday.
Eh lad, I thought Yorkshiremen were supposed to be 'ard! :wink: Back int' 70s & 80s we used to play six round weekend congresses, three rounds on Saturday and one on Friday night as well!
by Reg Clucas
Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another 10.2......
Replies: 58
Views: 3302

Re: Another 10.2......

Without getting judgemental, who reading this would have claimed a win as Black, and who would have offered/accepted a draw? It would be interesting to get a feel for what people do in these circumstances. This is a difficult one. My gut feeling is that it should be a draw and at one time I would h...
by Reg Clucas
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LEAP Digital Chess Clocks
Replies: 10
Views: 5324

Re: LEAP Digital Chess Clocks

It seems to me that digital clocks are very expensive, considering how electronic components have reduced in price in recent years. I'm sure this is a barrier to clubs replacing their ancient stocks of analogue clocks, and hence allowing incremental time limits to be used. So if there are cheaper al...
by Reg Clucas
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then
Replies: 177
Views: 10690

Re: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then

Several people have referred to the issue of 'clock handling' in this discussion. I don't think this is always an appropriate argument in a quickplay finish, because however well you handle your clock, you are bound to run out of time at some point. So it becomes simply a matter of who has the most ...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then
Replies: 177
Views: 10690

Re: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then

If you play for a win when short of time, you risk losing unless you eliminate the last of your opponent's pieces or pawns. I can vouch for this, in fact you sometimes need to eliminate your own pieces or pawns! I recently lost on time in the following position - 5KQ1/8/4P3/5n2/5k2/8/8/8 I have jus...
by Reg Clucas
Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Beware the mating net....
Replies: 19
Views: 3562

Re: Beware the mating net....

David Blower wrote: Eventually I managed to get the draw after 50 moves.
If you were just giving check with a single rook, then I'd be surprised if there wasn't a 3-fold repetition well before the 50 moves were up?
by Reg Clucas
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should we abolish away matches?
Replies: 9
Views: 1496

Re: Should we abolish away matches?

Older player may have played matches by telephone, not found it a pleasant experience, and decided they don't want to do something similar again. Yes, I played in a few telephone county matches for Cheshire back in the 70s & 80s. Although it saved travelling time, the game session could easily drag...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should we scrap adjournments?
Replies: 220
Views: 13471

Re: Should we scrap adjournments?

MartinCarpenter wrote:
Are they still an option in the Stockport league
Yes but it has to apply to the whole match rather than individual boards. I've never known the adjournment option be taken up since I started playing again two years ago.
by Reg Clucas
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Should we scrap adjournments?
Replies: 220
Views: 13471

Re: Should we scrap adjournments?

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Neil noted that Juniors and new players find it natural to finish a game in one session.
Hence my comment that adjournment is destined to die a natural death. Its supporters will become a smaller and smaller minority, as more people who regard quickplay as the norm come into the game.